Fort Bridger Rendezvous

Fort Bridger Rendezvous

Mountain Man Rendezvous


Fort Bridger Rendezvous 2017

Gates open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 1 to September 4, 2017
Gate fees $4.00 per person 12 and up / Children 11 and under are Free
Dressed in period clothing (pre 1840′s fur trade) from head to toe, admission is Free.

The Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous is a mountain man rendezvous in celebration of the Fur Trade Rendezvous Era that occurred in the Rocky Mountains between 1825-1840. It is one of the largest mountain man gatherings in the nation.

Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous, held annually the first weekend of September at Fort Bridger Wyoming, this Mountain Man Rendezvous is an experience your family will be sure to remember for years. Come and experience historic Fort Bridger at its best!

Admission for the general public is $4.00 for everyone 12 years and up. Come authentically dressed from head to toe in pre-1840 fur trade era mountain man garb only, and get in free! State regulations prohibit alcohol consumption. Dogs are welcome, however, please review the dog policy before bringing your dog(s) as violators will be fined. Remember you are on a State historic site which is under the direction of Wyoming State Parks Division.

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Authentic Dress:

Individuals who wish to be authentically dressed should adhere to the following guidelines:
NOTE: Authentic Dress is required for campers in the Primitive Camp and traders.

  • All visible clothing must pre-date 1840 for the Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous. These items include:
  1. Hats & Bonnets
  2. Shirts & Blouses
  3. Jackets & Coats
  4. Pants
  5. Dresses
  6. Shoes
  7. Blankets
  8. Jewelry
  9. Weapons (all kinds)
  • Women must be wearing period dresses, or a blouse and skirt.
  • Prescription glasses are acceptable. Sun glasses are not allowed.

If you have a questionable item, please contact the FBRA (Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association).

Click Here to meet the 2017 Bourgeios “Booshway” & Segundo

Meet the 2017 Fort Bridger Rendezvous Board

2017 Board Members / Park Superintendent

(Front Row Left to Right)- Dottie Shell, Dave Moby- Chairman, Heather Shell- Segundo,

Bob Christensen – Booshway, Nancy Turner – Secretary, Dave Turner.

(Back Row Left to Right)– Jeff Malan, Chris Floyd- Wy State Parks , Darin Peck, Monte Bullock, Ralph Mair, Shalayne Hunziker, Eugene Fowles, Mike Larsen, Mike Chatelain.



Booshways Corner

The Show

The Show

About a week before the Rendezvous starts, many of the Board Members camp near the site to prepare the grounds for the big event. It is a relaxed time that slowly develops into the magnificent gathering that has become the second largest event in Wyoming, second only to Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Each day we are camped begins well before the sun comes up. The first one up tries to be as quiet as possible so not to disturb the others. He busies himself getting the fire started and preparing the first pot of coffee. While waiting for the first pop of the perk coffee pot and watching the fire building its first layer of coals, it is an excellent time to gather your thoughts and organizing how to accomplish the goals for the day.

Within a short time, the loud aroma of the coffee and crackling fire lures more from warm beds. As the group grows, comments like being nuts to be up that early, or burning daylight when there are still stars in the sky, or wondering why those who got up later have wasted the best part of the day, are jokingly repeated.

Sometime during the second or third cup of coffee, sweetened with just the right amount of Irish crème, Mom nature wakes up the sun and the show begins. The show is the true reward for being an early riser.

The show is never the same and we never know if it will be a time when Mom is lazy and leaves us with a clear sky, or out does herself with a radiant sky, painted with wisps of clouds or the big billowy ones that we studied in grade school, but can no longer remember their names. The colors on a brilliant morning are so awe inspiring that all you can do is scramble for the camera. Unfortunately, there is no picture that can capture the show like seeing it firsthand. Within 15 minutes, the show is over with a reminder of the upcoming busy day and looking forward to the show the next morning.

After a few days of preparation, the actual rendezvous event begins. This does not stop observing the show, it just adds to spectator participation. Shortly after Mom natures’ performance, a few board members set out to lite noise makers made of pipe, dirt, and black powder. The booms can be heard all over the encampment signaling the official beginning of the day. The rendezvous literally starts with a bang!

Each morning, regardless of how late we gave in to sleep, we look forward to the morning show and anticipation of the day to follow. It is the perfect start to the best event Labor Day has to offer.

2017 Booshway
Bob Christensen